New Covid-19 variant with the title Deltacron discovered in Cyprus

A new mutation of Covid-19 is reported to have been discovered in Cyprus and has been given the title Deltacron variant.

The strain is reported to be a combination of the Delta and Omicron variants.

Devon Live reports that 25 cases of the mutant strain have been detected so far.

Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Cyprus, Leondios Kostrikis, has reported his new findings to GISAID, the international database that tracks viruses.

Professor Kostrikis said: “We will see in the future whether this strain is more pathological or more contagious, or whether it will prevail.”

11 of the 25 reported cases were found in persons who had been admitted.

New strain of Covid-19 discovered
New strain of Covid-19 discovered

The discovery comes as Boris Johnson acknowledged the “terrible number” of coronavirus in the UK after official figures showed that more than 150,000 people have now died within 28 days of being tested positive for Covid-19.

A scientist advising the government said the total number adopted on Saturday, when a further 313 deaths were announced, was an “absolute tragedy” that was exacerbated because “many of them could have been avoided if we had acted earlier in the first and second wave “.

With a total of 150,057 deaths by that measure, Britain became the seventh country to cross the milestone, after the United States, Brazil, India, Russia, Mexico and Peru.

But separate figures from the Office for National Statistics show that there have now been 174,000 deaths recorded in the UK, with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.

Professor Andrew Hayward, who sits on the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage), told BBC Radio 4’s PM program: ‘It is absolutely tragic, and to think that it has been repeated so many times is appalling.

“I think we could have done better. I think some of the deaths are even more tragic because many of them could have been avoided if we had acted earlier in the first and second wave. “

The new deaths were announced as the NHS continues to face significant strain from the Omicron variant and record highs, although death rates are not nearly as sharp as previously in the pandemic due to vaccines and the new strain believed to be milder.

In a tweeted statement, the Prime Minister said: “Coronavirus has taken a terrible path on our country and today the number of registered deaths has reached 150,000.

“Every single one of these is a deep loss to the affected families, friends and communities and my thoughts and condolences are with them.

“Our way out of this pandemic is that everyone gets their booster or their first or second dose if they haven’t got it yet.”

An additional 146,390 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus were also recorded.

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